Rodrigues, Stingrays too much for Indianapolis


Rodrigues broke a 1-1 deadlock at the 8:28 mark of the third period to lead the South Carolina Stingrays to a 3-1 win over the Indy Fuel on Sunday at the

Indiana Farmers Coliseum.

South Carolina also got 24 saves from goaltender Mark Dekanich and goals from Stephan Vigier and Brett Cameron in the win.

South Carolina broke the tie midway through the third period. Defenseman Wade Epp left a shot go from the left point that was blocked in the slot. Rodrigues collected the loose puck and stepped toward Indy goaltender Shane Owen. He snapped a shot that beat the goaltender over the blocker for his second goal of the season to give South Carolina a 2-1 lead.

The Stingrays scored an empty-net goal at 19:17 off the stick of Brett Cameron to make it 3-1 and preserve the win, while handing the Fuel an eighth straight loss. The victory was the second straight win for South Carolina and was the club’s sixth win in a 10-game road trip that ends Friday in Atlanta.

Vigier scored his third goal in as many games at the 13:37 mark of the first period. Vigier started the play, sending a pass in front for David Pacan. The Indy defense cleared the puck to the slot, but right to Vigier. The forward snapped a wrist shot that beat Owen below the blocker to make it 1-0 South Carolina. The goal was Vigier’s sixth goal of the season.

South Carolina visits Atlanta on Friday at 7:05 p.m. to conclude a 10-game road trip.